Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Romantische Straße

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This post was started when the visit actually occurred and I plan to re-time it for when it happened after people have had a chance to read it.
We had a visit from my husband's parents earlier this month.  They spent their first several days in Rome before flying to Frankfurt to meet up with us and travel on the Romantische Straße, or the Romantic Road.

Our first stop on Friday night was in Würzburg.  In the morning we walked around the town and explored a street market before touring the Residence.  This palace ended up being quite impressive due to its elaborate ceiling paintings and one particular room with some amazing 3-D effects.  After finishing up, we hit the road again, traveling toward Rothenberg and stopping in Bad Mergentheim and Weikersheim.

Once we arrived in Rothenberg we checked into our guest house and then headed over to the Museum of Medieval Torture.  After finishing up there we had a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant where my husband's mother had her first Radler (this is beer mixed with either Sprite or lemonade).  Our evening entertainment was the Night Watchman's tour which was an evening walking tour given by a witty guy dressed and acting as a watchman from long ago.  We were impressed that he was able to give a good tour to such a large crowd (something like fifty people!).  Another couple of beers and radlers finished the evening for us.

In the morning we did a bit of souvenir shopping, walked the city walls, and visited St. Jacob's church.  The church had an altar on the second floor with a relic of Christ's blood (our second we've seen since our travels began).  We got back on the road to travel to Augsburg and stopped in Dinkelsbuhs to have a picnic lunch and then Nördlingen for some extremely tasty gelato.  Our hotel in Augsburg wasn't in the city so our hotel recommended a traditional restaurant in a village nearby for dinner.  My adventurous husband ordered a traditional meat plate that didn't look too appetizing to the rest of us, but he enjoyed his cultural experience.

We drove to Dachau in the morning to see the concentration camp.  My husband and I had been on our trip to Munich (and he'd already been once before that) but we still found plenty of information to read.  Afterwards, we drove to the Dachau train station and took the train into Munich for the Oktoberfest.  It certainly was quite an experience.  One particular tent had been recommended to us and we found it quickly so we headed inside. We had tried to be smart and bring our own sandwiches, but we couldn't have a table if we weren't going to order food.  The atmosphere was great so we quickly decided on some weisswursts (a dish typical of Bavaria) and the boys ordered big steins of beer and we ladies chose to have radlers (a mix of beer and some Sprite to tone things down a bit).  We made some friends with others sitting around us and took a few pictures to remember the experience.  From there we visited the bathrooms (that's a lot of liquid to consume!) and all the other tents, six in total.  We managed to grab four seats before the dinner seating at our last tent and split a radler this time with my mother-in-law because I was so full at this point.  The boys again had beers and we also bought one of the enormous pretzels.

From there we drove to Nuremberg for the night.  Unfortunately, I had somehow inadvertently booked two single rooms instead of doubles (I guess Google translate failed me on that one) and the help was already gone for the night.  One room had a bed big enough for two but the other was just a twin bed.  My husband's amazingly good-natured parents accepted that room and I just felt terrible for screwing up the reservation.  Oh well.  We made it through and had a nice breakfast before going into the city to tour the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, or Documentation Center Museum.  It was huge amount of information with an audioguide so we were well-informed when we left.  We walked around the nearby lake and over to the rally grounds.  Having spent so much time in the country and learned so much about this chapter of history has made me experience all of these things in a new way.

After that walk we hopped on a tram to see the city centre and walked up to a castle on a hill.  It had a wonderfully quaint courtyard.  (We just loved all the flowers all over Europe--they must grow more easily there.)  Wanting something to eat we consulted Rick Steves and found our way to a nice biergarten by the river.  We shared some Nuremberg sausages (similar to breakfast sausages) and a cheese plate.  The river afforded some beautiful scenery but we had trouble capturing it exactly by camera.  We hit the road again to get back to Marburg that night.
My husband had the next day off work for Unification Day (when East Germany and West Germany were reunited) so we were able to take his parents on my walking tour of Marburg together.  They also spent some time at our apartment planning their next stop in Bruges.  We had a great Italian dinner at a place in the Altstadt and introduced them to spaghetti eis at our favorite gelato spot.  After giving them directions for the bus in the morning to the train station we said our good-byes.

I think they had a great time with us and on all of their adventures on their own and I know we loved having visitors.  After being in a place where we knew no one and never saw friendly faces for so long, it was often quite strange to see people we knew in this whole other world.

1 comment:

  1. Boy, did we do all that!! Wonderful memories. And snuggling in a single for one night isn't so bad.
    Mom P.


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